Miami has an enduring popularity and this is partly due to its unique style and the fact that it is one of the few major American cities that are located in a tropical climate. While the city is known for its high end shopping, exclusive nightclubs and five star restaurants and hotels, there are actually lots of free things to do in Miami. Whether you are staying in Brickell or Sunny Isles, you can consider some of these activities to see Miami without spending any money.
Go for the Art Walk
Miami has a distinctive artistic community, and those that visit Art Basel will get to see various collections, such as street art, modern, historical, and avant-garde works from both international artists and Miami locals. The Art Walk is held virtually every week somewhere in town, so be sure not to miss it.
Take Yoga Lessons
Those who enjoy yoga can engage in this activity for free in Miami. All you have to do is visit Bayfront Park each Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, or you can also try out yoga on Saturdays at the Coconut Grove in Kennedy Park. Alternatively, you can head to South Beach at Mondrian every Sunday morning to benefit from free yoga lessons.
Ride the Metromover in Brickell
When you want to get around Miami, consider using the Metromover, especially if you happen to be in the Brickell area. The Metromover is a free shuttle which you can use to travel from Brickell to other parts of the city such as Bayside. The shuttle will stop near restaurants, art galleries and shops. It is the perfect way to get to get around the city without spending a dime.
Tour Little Havana
Miami has a vibrant and dynamic Hispanic culture, and promotes its Cuban heritage near Memorial Boulevard. Here, you can check out the various monuments, such as the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame and the Brigade 2506 eternal flame which honors those who perished at the Bay of Pigs.
Visit Biscayne National Park
Those who enjoy the outdoors and are looking to get away from the urban confines of Miami should visit this park. At Biscayne National Park you can enjoy exciting activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and checking out the coral reef. Park rangers will also help you locate dolphins and manatees.
Watch Outdoor Films and Listen to Music
Miami’s warm, tropical climate means outdoor films are popular all year round, which is why new releases and classic films are shown at the SoundScape ExoStage at Miami Beach every Wednesday in the evening. Music lovers can also get to enjoy the orchestra of the University of Miami perform at Gusman Concert Hall, with admission being free for most events (be sure to check in advance).
Become Physically Fit with the Troops
Those looking to get in shape, military style, can do so at the Troops Fitness Program which is held near Miami Dade County Park. Boot camp classes are offered at six different parks in the city, free of charge, which are provided by seasoned veterans from the Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. These classes run throughout the week and can last from two or three hours.